The Truth by Hirokazu Kore-eda receives an advance on earnings from the CNC
by Fabien Lemercier
- France's CNC will also be financially supporting films by Céline Sciamma, Eugène Green, Damien Odoul, Olivier Peyon and Rabah Ameur-Zaïmèche
Six projects were selected at the second college’s third 2018 session for an advance on earnings from the CNC. Among them were The Truth, which will be the first French-language film (and also more importantly the first film outside his native country) by the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, winner of a Palme d’Or in May at Cannes with Shoplifters, his fifth year participating in competition on the Croisette after 2001 (Distance), 2004 (Best Actor Award for Nobody Knows), 2013 (Jury Award for Like Father, Like Son) and 2015 (Our Little Sister).
Starring in the main roles are Catherine Deneuve (Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in 1993, Special Prize at Cannes in 2008, Silver Bear at Berlin in 2002, Volpi Cup at Venice in 1998 and soon to be seen in La Dernière Folie de Claire Darling, Bad Seeds [+see also:
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The screenplay, written by the director, focuses on Catherine, a French film star. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her: her new partner, her former husband, her agent… When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Juliette (who has moved to the States to get away from her overbearing mother) returns to France with her husband and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed. All under the astonished eyes of the men. At the same time, Catherine is acting in a sci-fi film, playing a mother who never grows old…... The script and dialogue have been adapted into French by Léa Le Dimna.
Produced by Muriel Merlin for 3B Productions, The Truth will be co-produced by the Japanese outfit Bunbuku, along with the Paris-based company M.I.Movies (Mathilde Incerti) as an associated co-production. Filming will kick off on 8 October and will take place over the course of two months in Paris, with Eric Gautier (winner of a César in 1999 and nominated six other times since) as the director of photography. French distribution will be managed by Le Pacte, while international sales will be handled by Wild Bunch (except for the Asian territories, which will be handled by Gaga Corporations).
Other projects to receive an CNC advance on earnings include Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma (read the news here– production: Lilies Films), Atarrabi et Mikelats by Eugène Green (Noodles Production), L’Homme qui revient by Damien Odoul (Kidam), Arrête avec tes mensonges by Olivier Peyon (screenplay written by the director along with Vincent Poymiro - Septembre Productions) and Terminal Sud by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmèche (Sarrazink Productions).
(Translated from French)
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